Eastern Washington vs. Idaho State - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Washington vs. Idaho State - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoskij-USA TODAY Sports

Idaho State Bengals (7-20) at Eastern Washington Eagles (21-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 9:05 pm (Reese Court)

The Line: Eastern Washington Eagles -13.5 -- Over/Under: 150.5

TV: Pluto.tv

The Idaho State Bengals and the Eastern Washington Eagles meet in Big Sky conference college basketball action from Reese Court on Thursday night.

The Idaho State Bengals will try to pick up a confidence win down the stretch after picking up a 78-70 win over Weber State last time out to improve to 4-14 in conference play. Tarik Cool leads Idaho State in scoring and assists with 12.7 PPG and 3.1 APG while Malik Porter is 2nd with 11.4 PPG and Chier Maker has 11 PPG and a team-high 5.7 RPG this season. Jared Stutzman also has 10.5 PPG for the Bengals this season. As a team, Idaho State is averaging 69.5 points on 45.5% shooting from the field, 34.9% from 3-point range and 66% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72.4 points on 48.1% shooting from the field and 31.5% from 3-point range this season. Idaho State is 3-11 straight up and 10-4 against the spread on the road this season.

The Eastern Washington Eagles will look to keep pace at the top of the Big Sky standings, sitting at 14-4 in conference play after a 5th straight win in the form of a 68-64 win over Northern Colorado last time out. Jacob Davison leads the Eagles in scoring with 18.1 PPG while Mason Peatling is 2nd in scoring with 17.4 PPG as well as 9.1 RPG and Kim Aiken Jr. has 13.5 PPG and a team-high 9.8 RPG this season. Ellis Magnuson has a team-high 4.3 APG this season. As a team, Eastern Washington is averaging 80.4 points on 45.6% shooting from the field, 34.6% from 3-point range and 69.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72.9 points on 42.4% shooting from the field and 34.2% from 3-point range this season. Eastern Washington is 11-2 straight up and 6-5 against the spread at home this season.

Head-to-head, the underdog is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings between these two teams and the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

I think it goes without saying that the Eagles are the better team here, sitting at the top of the Big Sky and looking for a win to keep pace at the top of the conference standings. However, the Eagles have one been a double-digit favorite once in conference play this season, and as a 14.5-point favorite, the Eagles only won by 3 against an Idaho team that is at the bottom of the Big Sky standings, even below the Bengals who are only a game ahead of the cellar-dwellers. Idaho State doesn’t have a pretty record, but the Bengals have done well covering the number on the road this season, and I just think this is a game that the Eagles win but Idaho State keeps closer than the number.

Chris’s Pick Idaho State +13.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.